Cape Town - The Apple Music Awards is a celebration of the best and boldest musicians of 2019 and the enormous impact they've had on global culture this year. The Apple Music Awards honour achievements in music across five distinct categories and winners are chosen through a process that reflects both the service's editorial perspective, combined with what customers around the world are loving most.
And the winners are...
Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Her blunt relatability helped turn her full-length debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, co-written and produced by her brother, songwriting prodigy Finneas, into an instant worldwide sensation, and the most played album on Apple Music this year. What followed? Selling out her upcoming 2020 Where Do We Go? World arena tour, performing on Saturday Night Live and multiple festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury, and becoming a global style icon.
These are all "huge moments... that are going to be historic in your life," she said. "So 2019 has been one big birthday present."
Additionally, Billie's When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? will be awarded Apple Music's Album of the Year as the most-streamed album of 2019 with more than a billion streams on Apple Music.
Billie will also receive the award for Songwriter of the Year, which will go to both her and her brother Finneas.
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lizzo
This rap and soul supernova redefined the terms and image of pop stardom. "This is what a breakthrough is all about, babies," Lizzo tells Apple Music. There's no point in being humble: it doesn't get much bigger than Cuz I Love You and its chin-up single Truth Hurts, which dared to ask what pop stars should look and sound like — and whether they should play flute while twerking. (They should.) Lizzo's joyful, bawdy message of self-love is the perfect soundtrack — or antidote — to 2019.
Song of the Year: Old Town Road by Lil Nas X
A true viral sensation, this genre-blurring, homemade anthem became nothing less than the biggest single of 2019 and the most-streamed song on Apple Music this year. "I went into the realm of a loner cowboy, needing to run away from everything," Lil Nas X tells Apple Music. "But I also wanted to put it with what was on the rise, which is the whole meme culture — plus actually making it a listenable, catchy song."
He succeeded: Old Town Road made history and turned Lil Nas X into an overnight superstar.
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Compiled by Alex Isaacs.
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